- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Zoo has added a male polar bear to its population.

News outlets report that 9-year-old Nikita was safely relocated to Asheboro from the Kansas City Zoo on Wednesday evening.

The new bear will join the zoo’s 16-year-old female polar bear Anana, on exhibit after a period of acclimation in polar-bear holding quarters. Officials hope that the two will breed cubs.

Animal curator says Nikita has been adapting well to his new environment.

Nikita was born at the Toledo Zoo and arrived in Kansas City when he was 3 years old. Anana has been at the North Carolina Zoo since September 2014.

There are only about 60 polar bears on exhibit in the United States.

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